Blake Shelton didn’t write the second single released from his Texoma Shore. “I Lived It” isn’t as nostalgic or personal as Alan Jackson’s “Little Man.” However, “I Lived It” also harkens back to a simpler time. It embodies a longing for that time. But it also recognizes how far we are now removed from it. Told as a story of a man who experienced the era, how much of what Shelton sings is actually true of his life?
Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, and Ross Copperman actually wrote “I Lived It.” Shelton recorded it as part of his latest record, Texoma Shore and released it as a follow-up to his No. 1 hit “I’ll Name the Dogs.” It’s a soft and lyrical song, with lines that bring to life a time that no longer exists. Lines such as Granddaddy smoked Salems with the windows up / Drove me around in the back of that truck / We drank from the hose and spit in the cup / We all survived somehow.
The song recognizes that such times are gone. Explaining them to this new generation sounds like you’re “talking crazy.” So how much of this jives with Shelton’s own childhood?
A Similar Feel
It’s difficult to ascertain just how exactly the song parallels his childhood. But there’s definitely a similar feel to the two. Born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma, Shelton seemed to have a fairly innocuous country childhood. According to the town website, Ada is home to approximately 17,000 residents. His mother owned a beauty salon, his father was a used car salesman. If you’ve ever spent time in the small towns of Oklahoma, you know there’s no escaping country life (or escaping the red dirt).
So despite the fact that Blake Shelton didn’t write the song (and thus it isn’t really his life), it is certainly the type of childhood he lived. And it’s clear he loved that life. Shelton left Oklahoma when he was just 17 years old. But now he resides there when he isn’t touring or spending time in LA.
Speaking of touring, Blake Shelton returns to the road this year. His tour dates currently extend into July, so you can see him perform his new songs. You can also see him return to The Voice.
You can also see him perform “I Lived It” on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the video below.